05.03.2012 11.Adar. 5772
Rebel forces carry out 'tactical' withdrawal from city to avoid massive loss of life; Syrian military reportedly planning to take back cities of Idlib and Dir al-Zur as well.
The Syrian military launched an aggressive counter-offensive on Sunday, bombing the city of Rastan from the air as "clean-up operations" continued in the city of Homs, particularly in the restive Baba Amr quarter.
Human rights activists in Homs reported that the Red Cross was prevented from entering Baba Amr as Syrian forces committed acts of murder, rape and execution against civilian residents of the quarter….